“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

I’d found a lump but the doctors thought it was a cyst so I wasn’t worried and felt pretty relaxed about it. I had an operation to remove the cyst but when the test results came back I was told I had grade 3, triple negative breast cancer.

At the time of being diagnosed I had just met my, now, husband and we were planning on having a child. All of a sudden this changed and chemotherapy had to become the priority. 

I had a number of sceptical friends whose beliefs didn’t align with advanced modern medicine. They didn’t like the thought of chemotherapy and this made me feel torn, distraught and confused.

Breast Cancer Haven helped me to cut through the confusion and with the advice I received from therapists, helped me to make up my own mind. They helped me to develop a template for how to move forward which really worked for me.

Coming to Breast Cancer Haven helped me to find a life balance. I had acupuncture, counselling, and nutritional therapy.  Beforehand I found everything very overwhelming but they helped me feel empowered and encouraged to continue doing things I loved if I was careful and felt well enough to do so. At the time I was running a big record label and running a stage. I was determined to be on the ‘life must go on’ team and hold on to as much of my identity and loves as I could.

After chemotherapy, I was given the all clear. But it was during my third check-up, nine months later, that the doctors found cancer again.

This time I had to have a radical mastectomy which was very painful and full strength double-dose of chemotherapy which had really negative effect on my strength and happiness.

It was in 2010, in the midst of my second round of treatment, that I went back to university to study art. I felt like I’d lost my identity and like I was just a cancer patient and a failing mum and step-mum. Going to university allowed me to feel empowered again and create a space that was just for me.  I’d decided to do a part time degree and set myself a goal to complete it in the next five years. I was determined to reach that goal; I did and I achieved a 2:1 and then went on to do a Master’s leaving with a distinction, all whilst caring for four children simultaneously. I’d poured my heart and soul into my art, drawing from my experience of breast cancer to create the pieces.

My second chemo finished in 2012 and there have been no recurrences since.”

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